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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbothboth1 /bəʊθ $ boʊθ/ ●●● S1 W1 determiner, predeterminer, pronoun  1 BOTHused to talk about two people, things etc together, and emphasize that each is includedeither Both Helen’s parents are doctors. Hold it in both hands. You can both swim, can’t you? They both started speaking together. Oxford is not far from Stratford, so you can easily visit both in a day.both of Both of my grandfathers are farmers.2 somebody can’t have it both waysGrammarWord orderYou use both before a plural noun: Both women were tall.You use both or both of before a determiner such as ‘the’, ‘these’, or ‘my’: Both (of) the women were tall.Both (of) her parents are dead. Don’t say: the both women | her both parentsYou use both after a pronoun: We both come from Scotland.You use both after the first auxiliary verb: We have both worked there.They could both be described as robots.NegativesBoth is not usually used in negative clauses. You say: Neither of these methods is perfect. Don’t say: Both of these methods are not perfect.bothboth2 conjunction   both ... and ...